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Quikskoop™: Yo’ Panino

For quite some time now, Jakartans have been indulging themselves for delicious subs of rich variants from Yo’ Panino. Quite recently I gave a good try to some of their best flavors. Check it out!

Subs! I would never miss the opportunity of having it whenever I’m abroad from one of America’s famous brands that’s been around the world but Indonesia. I would never thought though that we would have the substitute for it and from as far as I can tell, a serious contender.

Yes, that’s Yo’ Panino with a myriad of cool selections for subs, all comprised of fresh vegetables, proteins, and rich sauces. Once arrived, you can see clearly that all is well composed, fulfilling, and certainly mouthwatering.

Big Daddy
Big Daddy

The first and foremost, the giant Big Daddy would be the strongest option to take in Yo’ Panino on any given day. Not only that it will surely quench your hunger but look at the composition – fried egg, minced meat, and melted cheddar all encircled within the sub of your choice.

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

A great option other than the Big Daddy is none other than the good old Sloppy Joe. This legendary filling for hamburger has all that you need even for subs, but I’d still pick Big Daddy nonetheless because, well I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I’m so always in love with anything egg-y.

The Tex-Mex
The Tex-Mex

My wife, as an avid fan of Mexican cuisine, opted the Tex-Mex tortilla wrap and you got the pico de gallo alongside the guacamole with it all the way. It is healthier but as for me, I like the meaty side better.

Angry Chicken
Angry Chicken

Take for example the Angry Chicken. The adjective ‘angry’ doesn’t mean that you are going to receive a heavy blow from the spicy sauce (although it is probably taken as a pun from the a best-selling game few years ago), but it’s ‘angry’ on a friendlier term. I always like the fulfilling crispy chicken, fried to perfection, and served hot. Those are a really good combination with the sub by the way.

As for the rest, I particularly enjoy the peripherals such as the truffle fries, chicken pops, and a really good tempe salad with a nicely flavored Indonesian-style dressing that tastes like asinan and peanut sauce. Intriguing!

Cold pressed juices
Cold pressed juices

To end the deal, we detoxed a bit with Yo’ Panino’s current craze – The Cold Pressed Juice! All the natural elements were blended carefully without any addition of water, sugar, and even preservatives. I tried the very veggie one and my wife went with the Vitamin C Detox. Both the flavor and the texture might be thick, but we ended up liking it.

Cookies and cakes
Cookies and cakes

As always, after all the heavy stuff that we got, it’s time to relax a bit with Yo’ Panino’s cookies and cakes. They have anything chocolate-y with the cookies, but the one that I fancied a lot was their banana cake. If only they gave a scoop of ice cream to go with that.

Well, it was certainly a pleasant experience for me and I enjoyed a lot with their formula of subs. Even so, you can always assemble your own sub but for this one, I think I’ll stick with the menu.

Until next time, Yo’ Panino yo!

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YO’ PANINO
Halal-friendly (some of the menu contains alcohol)

Suitable for vegetarians
Available for delivery

Address:
Plaza Indonesia, Level 4 – Unit E0231, E023T
Jalan MH Thamrin no. 28-30, Jakarta – Indonesia
T: +62.21.2992.4020

Opening hours:
Everyday, mall opening hours (Fri – Sat until midnight)

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Cover Feature – Intro: Chicken by Hengky – PART 1 of 2 (The Foodie Magazine, June 2014)

Chef Hengky Efendy of The Belly Clan displays his mastery of Pan-Asian flavors as he shares with us fanciful ways to cook chicken.

Since 2012, the young and gifted Chef Hengky Efendy has been at the helm of The Belly Clan’s kitchen and has adapted really well with the restaurant’s forte. Known for assimilating the best from cuisines from around the globe into its dishes. Yes, it’s the genre of cooking which many call fusion, but let us be clear, this is not “fusion confusion” which other restaurants often make huge mistakes with.

Chef Hengky Efendy of The Belly Clan, Jakarta
Chef Hengky Efendy of The Belly Clan, Jakarta

Fusion was never easy, which is precisely why Chef Hengky was brought in at the first place. As a graduate of NHI Bandung, the chef has been around the world for more than a decade to work at many restaurants and hotels. Achievers from this hospitality school are known as those who have gone through so many countries and the chef is definitely one of these people.

We may call Chef Hengky’s travels a fruitful adventure, since he has worked in various countries including Japan, the Maldives, and Switzerland; but his biggest break was when he joined the ranks of Gordon Ramsay’s team and worked at three different restaurants in three different countries. Hengky has been to Savoy Grill in London with Chef Marcus Wareing and he continued his journey and moved to Gordon Ramsay at The London in New York. And finally, he was taken under the wing of Chef Josh Emett as a sous chef at Maze in Melbourne.

Naturally born with instincts as a family guy, Chef Hengky decided to return back to Indonesia and marry the girl of his dreams whom he met when he was still in Japan. Upon returning to Indonesia, it only took him on a while to land himself a job as the head chef of The Belly Clan.

Among his creations at the restaurant are the Singaporean chili crab presented with fettuccine, beef ribs with green chili sambal, soba noodle with Carbonara sauce, barramundi with sambal matah, and panna cotta in black sesame sauce. I personally tried these and they cling onto my mind until this day as memorable dishes combining techniques and flavors from both the East and West.

Chef Hengky backs us up in this issue with his chicken recipes that you can cook at home or you can swing by The Belly Clan if you are like me, lazy to cook! For a good brunch, the chicken club sandwich was all you could ask for and it came with a thick fillet of sauteed chicken breast with beef bacon, mayo, kyuri, egg, and fries. If you fancy soup for a starter, Chef Hengky has the Asian-style chicken soup with the heady flavor of lemongrass, together with ginger, red chili, and coconut milk. However, my favorites are his two great chicken dishes, the chili pesto chicken and the roasted Cajun chicken, both winning on their own merits.

His immaculate pesto recipe that brings out its true flavor and fragrance went well with the chicken and the fusion element he brought along with it was the potato balado. Ultimately the roast Cajun chicken was not short of flavor as well and the chicken reminded me brought me to the imaginary world of the bygone eras reminiscent of the scenes from the movie, The Help.

Chef Hengky’s expertise honed from working all over the world, brings forth dishes which are mature, flavorful and hearty, blending together inspirations from the locales he has worked at, all coming together to honor our featured ingredient this month, chicken.

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To be continued on the next post with recipes from Chef Hengky:
https://gastronomy-aficionado.com/2014/10/18/chicken-by-hengky-2/

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THE BELLY CLAN | Intiland Tower, Jalan Jend. Sudirman Kav. 32, Jakarta | T: +62.21.5790.6000 | www.thebellyclan.com

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE June 2014 edition

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Quikskoop™: Suntiang (Grand Indonesia, Jakarta)

The daring Suntiang with its Minang-Japanese cuisine fusion trendsetter is on its way to have its third branch in an undisclosed location yet in Jakarta. I was having this opportunity sometime ago to visit their second outlet in Grand Indonesia and tried their latest creations. Let’s take a look!

Well, it feels like I’m back to familiar terrain again with Suntiang’s family restaurant design which of course, unlike the normal Padang restaurant, and it pretty much reminds me of their flagship outlet in Pondok Indah Mall.

Gulai Ramen
Gulai Ramen

Of course, we’re opening it right away with our classic favorite – the Gulai Ramen. This is perhaps the most wondrous recipe Suntiang ever made and it is comprised with the spicy and savory soup and the ramen that Jakartans currently craze about. It has a bountiful amount of topping and especially for someone who seeks halal ramen like me, this clearly satiates my temptations a lot!

Spicy Seafood Udon Hotplate
Spicy Seafood Udon Hotplate

My wife however, has a say on something else and something new made by Suntiang. It’s still in the same noodle department but this one came in a form of udon. Yup, that’s the spicy fiery udon with seafood in a hotplate. Even I found this one my cup of tea also but a tad spicier than the gulai.

Ikan Bilis Cabe Hijau Roll
Ikan Bilis Cabe Hijau Roll

The sushi rolls are not to be missed as well, especially the one using both lado mudo (green chilies) and ikan bilis (anchovies). The use of green chilies make it feels clean and less spicy but it does work well with the saltiness that came from the fish. A good choice for something in-between thick flavored dishes in Suntiang.

Salmon Asam Padeh Roll
Salmon Asam Padeh Roll

Other must-tries from Suntiang’s current menu are such as the edamame topped with balado for a good opener and the asam padeh roll using salmon this time. The latter is highly enjoyable but the former somehow eludes me on how to enjoy it properly, nevertheless it’s an interesting combination.

Suntiang GI 6

To end the deal, Suntiang’s fresh mocktails are always a treat to remember. Not only that it’s all well-assembled drinks but it an eyecandy as well. If you’d like something else other than drinks, then you might want to try the kue cubit with green tea flavor KitKat. Despite how interesting it looks, perhaps Suntiang would like to consider on not using the powder green tea upon it as it brings a somehow bitter flavor to the whole experience.

Well, it’s always a nice experience having to visit Suntiang from time to time and I am really looking forward for their next outlet and the finalized halal-certification. Best of luck!

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SUNTIANG
Halal-friendly (halal-certification under process – per October 2014)

Unsuitable for vegetarians

Address:
Grand Indonesia, Level 3A – West Mall,
Jalan MH Thamrin no. 1, Jakarta – Indonesia
T: +62.21.2358.0448

Opening hours:
Everyday, mall opening hours

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Spend: IDR 75,000 – IDR 100,000 / person

Foodies Lists: AW Kitchen Pasta House (The Foodie Magazine, Oct 2014)

The successful chef and restaurateur, Akira Watanabe from Japan, just recently opened his first ever franchise abroad and we were intrigued at how he defines his Italo-Japanese cuisine for the curious foodies of Jakarta.

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Chef Akira Watanabe
Chef Akira Watanabe

The professional chef who happens to be a contender in Iron Chef, a highly successful cooking show franchise from Japan, arrived in Jakarta some time after his first ever venture outside his native country opened.

As a restaurant PASTAHOUSE AWkitchen is certainly not just another Italian restaurant. Chef Akira Watanabe may have a high level of admiration with Western cuisine like in his other ventures involving pizza with Pizzeria Sole & Luna and sandwich with Panino Vino or through his lifelong experience with Italian and French cuisines. However, true to his motivation, he would like to make a Japanese twist out of it and that encompasses not just creativity but a healthy take on it.

“I would like people to not only fancy Italian food with its oily and fatty content, but also to be able to enjoy a touch of Japanese into it that incorporates healthiness and fresh vegetables”, said the chef specifically.

Why vegetables one might say? Chef Akira Watanabe assumes that vegetable can also become delicious if it comes from a fresh source and prepared with care. “For the ingredients, we have prepared the best from local and imported ones and by that we mean, highest quality”, he said. Overall, the menu comprises of cold and hot appetizers, cold and hot pasta, risotto, pizza, and the secondi main dishes alongside the desserts. Even from the start, you can tell that the chef is not short in creativity when playing with so many ingredients. At times, he would direct his chefs and staffs to observe in detail what he does to the dishes and if they require more touch in it.

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His smart move starts even from the appetizers. Not just the Caesar salad that is rich and refreshing, but also with his Black Angus beef tataki with soy truffle sauce or the traditional tomato bruschetta with a dash of honey to make it colorful.

Heading to the mains, we were offered the chance to create our own pizza, but the highlight from PASTAHOUSE AWkitchen’s pizza was this thick crust that makes it more chewy but juicy as well. The Neapolitan topping made it more wholesome than ever.

For the pasta, the chef prepared us spaghettini in garlic oil with spicy cod roe and Japanese mushrooms and the pappardelle in cream sauce with salmon and broccoli. We were given the chance to his tomato sauce version as well and indeed, he does make vegetables appealing in every aspect from taste to presentation.

Sometime after being served his renowned chocolate profiterole and fruit terrine as the desserts, Chef Akira Watanabe entertained the guests while occasionally discussing the summary of his meal with everyone. There were more pros than the cons for sure, but I was personally more than happy to finally taste a working chemistry between Italian and Japanese.

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When asked about the plan to expand, he sincerely said with his ear-to-ear smile that he’s more than positive with Jakarta’s market. He is high in his hopes that the crowd would become more knowledgeable with this kind of twist and that pretty soon, another PASTAHOUSE AWkitchen will be opened in an undisclosed location right in the middle of the city.

Looking forward to it, chef!

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PASTA HOUSE AWKITCHEN BY AKIRA WATANABE
Halal-friendly (some of the menu items contain pork and alcohol)

Suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Plaza Senayan, Level P4, Jalan Asia-Afrika no. 9, Jakarta – Indonesia
T: +62.21.5790.6071

Opening hours:
Everyday, mall opening hours

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Spend: IDR 100,000 – IDR 150,000 / person

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE Sept 2014 edition

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Photography by Dennie Ramon

Foodies Lists: Fitzroy (The Foodie Magazine, Sept 2014)

When Fitzroy first opened, people were instantly talking about Melbourne or Australian cuisine. What we found out about it with our own eyes was that it’s not all about the food, Fitzroy brings a piece of nostalgia from the legendary neighborhood of Melbourne to Jakarta.

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As we all know, the original neighborhood is a den  of creativity filled with commissioned murals, bookstores, indie apparel and footwear designer stores, and those who frequent underground pubs that serve great food, drinks, cocktails, and live music all day.

So if you’re heading up to the top floor of the building where Fitzroy resides, you will find yourself back in familiar terrain,especially for those who miss Melbourne a lot. The bohemian eclectic interior style that incorporates homey elements, flowers and metals, and Japanese earthy-tone furniture with an island bar in the center part of the gastropub has become the factors that makes Fitzroy well-liked among youngsters and sundowners.

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The ambiance is also another wow factor here. For hipsters of modern indie bands and oldie goodies that tune in right away with nowadays genres, you can all rest easy with the semi dancing treat and ear comforting tunes coming from the likes of Kings of Convenience, America, The Radio Dept., and many more.

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The food is no short of nostalgic as they traverse through time and space to bring in the legendary beef tongue rice bowl or menya don of their interpretation to Jakarta. Another upgraded take on bar food served here is the burger with homemade cheese-stuffed beef patty accompanied with really spicy fries.

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Ice cream would be a good way to end your meals here, especially when it tops a pan pizza with banana caramel and complement it with a tall glass of blueberry root beer. But of course, feel free to stay late because everybody needs their hang out time, at least to wait for the traffic to subside over drinks and good friends or stay out even much later as Fitzroy is open until late at night every day.

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FITZROY
Halal-friendly (some of the menu items contain alcohol)

Unsuitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Gunawarman no. 30, Jakarta – Indonesia
T: +62.21.739.4917

Opening hours:
Everyday, 12pm – 1am (Sun-Thur), 12pm – 3am (Fri-Sat)

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Spend: IDR 75,000 – IDR 100,000 / person

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE Sept 2014 edition

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